Melrose Avenue is renowned throughout the world as one of Los Angelesâ most walkable and uniqueÂ shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Downtown Melrose encompasses the 22 blocksÂ along Melrose Avenue that stretch from Fairfax to Highland. More than 300Â alternative and independentÂ stores offer a wide array of merchandise found nowhere else in the city.
Happening on Melrose
Thanksgiving Desserts: Melrose Has All The Beautiful Sweets For Your Feasts
With Thanksgiving just around the bend, if youâre on the hook for dessert, youâll get the sweet treats you crave â and guests will drool over â right here on Melrose Ave. From pies and eclairs to ice cream, cakes, and acai â youâll find them all right here. COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM COMPANY Pie isnât the only choice for a stellar dessert come Thanksgiving. What about ice cream? And not just any old pint of ice cream, but an incredible creation from Cold Rolled, such as oreo pumpkin pie ice cream! According to staff member, Melissa, that is a âlimited edition just for month of November that contains pumpkin ice cream with an oreo inside, graham crackers, whipped cream, and an actual slice of pie on top with a condensed milk drizzle.â Yum. Cold Rolled Ice Cream Company 7266 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 452-0881 www.coldrolledicecream.com LA CHOUQUETTE At the charming Viennese bakery, La Chouquette, staff members say there are a variety of fall treats on the menu. âWe have apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies, and there will be specialty eclairs as well, such as pecan ĂŠclair.â Chocolate ganache, leche rose with rosemary, or vanilla with berry […]
Thanksgiving Dining On Melrose Couldnât Be Finer
Whether youâre looking for the perfect part of a Thanksgiving meal you make yourself, or tossing the apron aside and putting the cookbooks away, Melrose Ave. serves up plenty of choices for Thanksgiving dining. Gobble, gobble â enjoy. Restaurants Serving A Thanksgiving Feast M CafĂŠ Healthy and scrumptious, this year order complete meals to go with vegan or fish options as the entree choice. King Salmon or organic tempeh meatloaf with mushroom gravy are the main dish items to select; either way youâll enjoy a spiced butternut bisque soup, a salad with pomegranate and zucchini dressing, roasted potatoes and baby carrots. Donât miss the cranberry ginger relish, either, or desserts such as chocolate crumb cake. Place your pre-orders now. M CafĂŠ 7119 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90046 (323) 525-0588 www.mcafedechaya.com Wolf Featuring savory dishes such as squash soup and an entrĂŠe choice of succulent free range slow roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing or King of the North salmon with mountain yam, this hip spot with rustic-chic dĂŠcor is the place to be from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. And for dessert, itâs a scrumptious pumpkin banana Bundt cake with eggnog ice cream. A wine pairing is also available with the […]
Made On Melrose: L.A. Brands Created Locally
You know Melrose is known across the world for having the most progressive and exciting shopping, dining, and entertainment options on the west coast, right? Itâs true. Since, like, 1983. But did you know many of these amazing shops make their own products right here in L.A. (and some right here on Melrose)? Thatâs true, too. Here are some of the locally grown brands anchored on the coolest bock in town. COSMOâS GLAMSQUAD Everything about Cosmo Lombino is on-brand. Heâs bold and intense and playful and no b.s., all out loud, and so is his line. His Melrose boutique is a fashion fantasy land, part Burning Man, part Wonderland, part space disco. When a celebrity needs to make an impression, they come to Cosmo. But so can you. His work is trendy, yes, but wearable, flexible, and meticulously crafted. COSMOâS GLAMSQUAD 7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.951.1141 www.cosmosglamsquad.com HOUSE OF INTUITION In less than 10 years, House of Intuition owners Alex Naranjo and Marlene Vargas have expanded to four local stores (with more on the way) as leaders in the spiritual healing and empowerment space. HOI offers everything (and everyone) you need to get your energy elevated, including handmade […]
Turkey, Pumpkin, Roots, And Spices: Ten Places To Get A Taste Of Fall
The flavors of fall are some of the best: rich, savory, spicy. The meals are hearty and comforting, the drinks are warm and soothing. The restaurants, bars, and cafes on Melrose Ave. are making incredible meals and drinks with autumnâs bounty. These are the take-your-time experiences, so settle in at whichever place you choose, and enjoy the chill in the air and early sunset on Melrose this fall. BLU JAM CAFĂ The chefs at Blu Jam CafĂŠ have created some amazing specials that feature seasonal vegetables and flavors. The Cubano Chicken Omelet layers pulled al pastor chicken, mozzarella cheese, and pineapple salsa. Garden Hash is a filling combo of sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberries, and carrots. The Kale and Turkey Salad is just that, plus pears and pomegranate. BLU JAM CAFE 7371 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.951.9191 www.blujamcafe.com COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM COMPANY Cool autumn nights, sitting around the fire, snuggled in a warm blanket underneath the star-studded Cali sky is the perfect time for the eternal favorite treat â sâmores. But weâre in fire season so donât burn down the forest! Just go to Cold Rolled and get chilled version â the SâMores Tonight (blanket not included). […]
November Entertainment: Musicals! Comedy! Comedic Musicals!
The stages of Melrose are LIT this month! From award-winning musicals to competitive comedy, weâve got everything you need for a complete night out. Even better, some of these shows are FREE! So, check your schedule, make your reservations (and donât forget dinner!), and treat yourself to a magical, musical time. Here is whatâs on stage, on Melrose, in November: THE COLOR PURPLE @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE The Tony Award-winning musical based on Alice Walkerâs novel is coming to Melrose! L.A. native and award-winning director/choreographer Jeffrey Polk is at the helm to tell the epic story of Celie over the course of 40 years of her life. Itâs a story of strength through adversity, hope through darkness, and of course, has an unforgettable soundtrack that pulls from jazz, blues, gospel, and African music. The Color Purple previews November 9 and runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8p and Sundays at 4p until December 9. The countryâs largest open mic night, Da Poetry Lounge, takes over the stage every Tuesday at 9p. See one of the best poetry/spoken word events in the city. GREENWAY COURT THEATRE 544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036 323.673.0544 www.greenwaycourttheatre.org TAYLORâS TALK SHOW @ THE GROUNDLINGS Taylorâs […]
Melrose ActionÂ Neighborhood Watch
To sign up and become a member of Melrose Action and their Neighborhood Watch, click the link below. Â Youâll receive their weekly newsletter, notices and invitations to their neighbors only meetingsÂ andÂ email alerts about serious crimesÂ in the area. Itâs free and supported by local residents and businesses.
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Melrose Avenue runs through the heart of West Hollywood and Hollywood. It is easily accessible by freeway (close to the 10 and the 101) and public transportation. Its sunny outdoor setting and colorful selection of shops and restaurants provides a unique, walkable experience unlike any in Los Angeles.
Best Of Melrose
Fall Fashion Must Haves, Finding Autumn Gold
Along with cooler evenings and shorter days in the sun, fall brings fashion finds to Melrose Ave. Whether youâre just back from vacation, headed back to school, or looking for a new style, Melrose Ave. offers plenty of choices when it comes to a new seasonal look. We checked in with shop staff members to find some of the top looks for the 2018 autumn equinox â and beyond. 2nd STREET From Tokyo looks to curator finds, thereâs always something exciting and cutting edge at 2nd Street. Gently used clothing from over 500 stores in Japan include looks like a jumper skirt or a fur vest; soft berets and boldly colored bags are the perfect way to accessorize. Curator picks include flared skirts in bright shades, and unique one-of-a-kind Japanese designer dresses with a space-age vibe. 2ND STREET 7560 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 (424)433.5997 https://2ndstreetusa.com/ AMERICAN REBEL /SLOW Where else would you find a Pablo Picasso Bomber Jacket or a vintage â70s era David Bowie T-shirt? This is the spot for one-of-a-kind finds like these new arrivals. And donât miss an AV suede fringed jacket in maxi length, or an equally unique pair of loose highwater jeans perfect for […]
Coffee For Sasquatch Makes A Big Footprint on Melrose Avenueâs Coffee Scene
Thereâs a new coffee venue on Melrose Ave. â the hip and tasty Coffee for Sasquatch. Stepping into the Melrose scene just a year ago, the shop has a âBigfootâ theme and a big profile when it comes to coffee pleasure. Coffee for Sasquatch uses Ritual Coffee Roasters beans for its coffee drinks, and also offers a selection of teas and locally-made pastries.Â But, probably the most unique aspect of the beautiful, bright shop is the staff-curated, rotating selection of beverages you just wonât find anywhere else. Hibiscus iced tea poured over McConnellâs vanilla ice cream creates a unique beverage known as the Tea-Gato; a turmeric latte rich with anti-inflammatory turmeric is creamy and satisfying; a beautiful, technicolor rainbow Iced Cryptid Latte is iPhone ready and as flavorful as it is visually lush. Here too are more traditional, yet artistically crafted coffee treats such as a mocha, cold brew, Matcha green tea, and pour overs. The Dona Chai brand chai latte is silky smooth. And yet thereâs more. There are seasonal drinks such as a lavender vanilla latte sprinkled with fragrant seeds of lavender. Youâll also find a perfectly balanced Arnold Palmer, beautifully patterned cappuccinos, and sweet Cubanos, which for the […]
Ten Best Halloween Gifts And Treats: Are You Mad For Monsters? A Fang Fiend?
Itâs that most wonderful time of the year, full of creepy, crawly, scary ghoulish delights. Those crazy creatives on Melrose naturally embrace the Halloween season and offer plenty of ways to add to the fun. So, if youâre hosting a monster bash, hitting the streets for treats, or staying home with a Scream marathon and all the candy, weâve got some suggestions for adding to your dark celebration. ATOMIC CITY Ward off the descendants of Vlad with a gorgeous, handmade gothic crucifix necklace from Atomic City. Not only is it a stunning statement piece, but itâll keep your sweet neck safe from any bloodsucker that visits in the night. ATOMIC CITY 7612 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.653.7533 COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM If, for you, this holiday is all about the treats, then go big. And cold. Offering seasonal flavors and add-ins, Cold Rolled Ice Cream will have something so great for Halloween youâll wonder what possessed them. COLD ROLLED ICE CREAM 7266 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.452.0881 https://www.coldrolledicecream.com/ CVS Be prepared for the onslaught of already sugar-fueled kids attacking your doorbell with a massive stash of the good stuff from CVS. Theyâve got all the classic candies in […]
Game Night : All The Best Group Activities To Do On Melrose (Drinks Later)
We all know how hard it is to get a bunch of friends to agree on what to do for your night out. Those group texts can be a nightmare! Avoid getting muted by suggesting some great group activities on Melrose Avenue. After youâre done breaking a sweat or unlocking achievements, refuel at one of the most excellent restaurant and bar establishments anywhere on the block. BRAIN MELD YOUR WAY OUT OF TROUBLE @ 60OUT Escape rooms are definitely having a moment as the perfect group night out activity. 60Out creates the cityâs best quandaries. The Melrose location has six to choose from; you can channel your inner Buffy in the Dracula room, survive the jungle of Jumanji, or get Alice safely out of Wonderland. Your group can be as intimate as 2, and as strong as 8. Let the weak link buy drinks later. 60OUT ESCAPE ROOM 7270 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 213.995.6890 www.60out.com GET ON THE LEADERBOARD @ GAME OVER Go back in time when video game technology was basic but put you in a state of wonder. Game Over is a brand new old school arcade with plenty of head-to-head options and games for casual group […]
September Entertainment On Melrose
The entertainment options on Melrose Avenue in September are all must-sees. Thereâs so much comedy, youâll be smiling all month. There are one-person shows that are so timely and revelatory, youâll be talking about them all month. And, of course, there are show that are so awesome, they are performed every month. Come early to do some shopping at the world-class shops, then find a restaurant or bar for a pre-show meal and beverage (that wonât be hard â Melrose has the best around). But do purchase tickets in advance; these shows are unlike anything you can see anywhere else, and they sell out quickly. Here is whatâs on stage in September: DA POETRY LOUNGE @ GREENWAY COURT THEATRE Thereâs nothing like Da Poetry Lounge anywhere. For real. Itâs the countryâs largest weekly open mic night and has been running for TWENTY(!) years. Every Tuesday at 9p, Greenway Court Theatre is filled with the most exciting poets from L.A. and around the world. Every show is different, but every show is powerful. Prepare to run through all your feelings in one unforgettable night. GREENWAY COURT THEATRE 544 No. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles 90036 323.673.0544 www.greenwaycourttheatre.org FAMILY ROAD TRIP @ THE […]
New Art Alert: Open Up Instagram And Get Out To Melrose Avenue
One of the best free public art galleries is Melrose Avenue. Street creators from all over the world showcase their talent on walls, doors, windows, and sidewalks, creating a wonderland of colorful, meaningful art. Here are some new, must-see pieces to check out and share online. GZ.JR LAKERS @ 7769 MELROSE Howâs this for a welcome mat! Venice-based artist Gustavo Zermeno in collab with Sportie LA painted this amazing tribute to iconic Lakers including Shaq, Kareem, and Wilt to show newbie King James the legacy he has joined. Not only does it include the teamâs past and present homes, but it shows plenty of the hard-earned gold. This piece is quite an achievement itself. @gz.jr @sportiela #lakernation #mural #melroseavela #streetart JAZZ GUETTA JUMPMAN @ MELROSE & SPAULDING As long as weâre on basketball, we canât forget one of the greatest and this cool mural of #23 from JazzGuetta wonât let us. In that trademark multi-colored scribble line art, Jazz is masterful at bringing movement into his work. This is not his first on Melrose, and weâll enjoy this incredible piece until the next one. @jazzguetta #jumpman #basketball #mural #melroseavala #streetart HASHIM LAFOND LeBRON @ MELROSE & VISTA Hashim Lafond has […]
A Day Of Beauty On Melrose
Beautiful people flock to Melrose Ave. â and they come to get beautiful. From exciting beauty supplies to tanning, spa experiences, eyelash enhancement, or the perfect brows, Melrose Ave. offers a chance to remake, re-up, or reinvigorate the most important person in your life: YOU. Hair and Styling THE GIRL CAVE Both a beauty bar and a fashion boutique, The Girl Cave is a one-stop-shop for beauty and fashion. Owner Lis Dias offers hair styling, eye-lash artists, a brow artist, and clothing in the spot where âbeauty and fashion collide,â according to the shopâs tagline. The Girl Cave 7513 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 592 3233 http://girlcavela.com/ MELROSE HAIR STUDIO Reasonably priced, yet always cool: thatâs part of the appeal for a visit to Melrose Hair Studio. Pro haircuts, flat ironing, blow drying, hair extensions, hair coloring, highlights, and Keratin treatments are all on this salonâs menu. So too are esthetic services such as custom facials and lactic peels. Melrose Hair Studio 7710 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 782-9311 http://www.melrosehairstudio.com/ STAG HAIR PARLOR Chic and sleek, Stag Hair Salon offers a wide array of Davineâs hair-care products, textured cuts, and vibrant hair colors. Owner and stylist […]
Fresh Summer Salads: Where To Find Them On Melrose
With summer heat in full swing, itâs time to look into something cool when it comes to food. And on Melrose Ave., cool can simultaneously mean hip and chilled. The fresh summers salads on menus here will likely offer both perfect flavor and terrific style. BARBARA JEAN For something completely different from the usual salad, Barbara Jean has you covered with a Grilled Little Gem Salad featuring tri-colored beets, goat cheese, and market-fresh citrus. Choices are seasonal: at the moment, a crisp apple joins the Little Gem mix along with shaved radish. As a bar bite from Barbara Jean at the adjoining Melrose Umbrella Company, youâll find a refreshing watercress, grapefruit, Chioggia, local fennel, and bacon-bit salad with elderflower vinaigrette dressing. Barbara Jean 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 718-5142 www.BarbaraJeanLA.com BEEFSTEAK The chic, chef-centric fare at Beefsteak overflows with salad-y goodness. Try great green dishes such as baby kale with turmeric hummus, Castelvetrano olives, roasted cauliflower, carrots, and black pepper pumpkin seeds, or enjoy a crisp Sunflower Caesar that includes nutritional yeast and hemp seeds as a healthy and delicious substitution for anchovies. Beefsteak 7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323) 424-7443 https://www.beefsteakveg.com/ BLACKBIRD PIZZA SHOP […]
Milk Bar Offers Cream Of The Crop Cookies And Cakes, How Sweet It Is
With a full line of bakery treats, classroom, kitchen, catering, and ice cream truck, Milk Barâs flagship eatery has arrived in LA., and how sweet it is for Melrose shoppers. Where else would a hip, happening, ultra-coveted cookie and soft serve ice cream empire choose to set up shop but Melrose Ave. Milk Bar was founded by Chef Christina Tosi in 2008; the tasty cool dessert and bakery chain is part of the New York City-based Momofuku restaurant group. Its Melrose outpost is the first on the West Coast. Tosi is a two-time James Beard award winner who began by creating the dessert program at Momofuku and went on to build her own dessert-focused chain. And in doing so, she created indulgent and unique sweets like Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies, and Crack PieÂŽ; desserts that inspired ravenous fan followings, ready for flavor and fun. Tosi has been looking for an LA home for eight years, and now sheâs got one: an approximately 4000 square foot shiny and pink-walled location in the heart of Melrose. Cakes, cookies, breads, soft-serve ice cream, and Counter Culture Coffee â itâs all here now, even a coffee version of the venueâs renowned Crack […]
Fish Eight Is Great: New Sushi Spot On Melrose
Thereâs a new hot sushi place in town – and itâs right on Melrose Ave. Owned by the crew behind Jinpachi, Fish Eight offers high-end sushi at exceedingly reasonable prices by keeping the menu simple and the fish melt-in-your-mouth fresh. Sushi starts at just $5 for two pieces, so thereâs plenty of reason to try just about everything on the meticulously well-curated menu. Since the restaurantâs recent opening, owner and chef Hirotaka Fujita has been rocking the former Kawaba Rice Ball spaceânow a sleek, modern room that seats 24. The restaurant, open for lunch and dinner daily except Monday, serves traditional sushi and sashimi as well as handcrafted rolls, and even a sushi taco, a fusion of style that fits LA and the Melrose scene to a âT.â Among the restaurantâs more popular dishes are shrimp tempura, sushi tacos, and the chirashi bowl, packed with premium, ultra-fresh fish. Chirashi bowls are extremely popular here, and there are both a basic and premium variety. Either way, sushi lovers will find plenty to enjoy. Chirashi means “scattered” and whatâs scattered in these bowls is a fresh mix of vegetables such as seaweed salad, sliced avocado, and sliced cucumber with cooked fish like […]
BFly Offers a Chill Boxing Gym Experience on Melrose Ave.
âWe are a perfect balance between group fitness circuit trainingâwhich is really a cardio burn âand real boxing training,â Matthew Cooke says. Cooke is the co-owner of BFly Boxing Gym, the cool, and chill, boxing gym that made its soft opening on Melrose Ave. Wednesday, October 10th. âA lot of times, boxing-based fitness programs are like calisthenics or aerobics with boxing gloves on. Weâre different in that what we do is actually teach you boxing along with fitness. We have a high trainer to client ratio, with two to three trainers in each class and a maximum class size of 15,â he explains. âYou get a lot of personal attention, encouragement, and training.â He notes that during BFlyâs first week, classes are free through Wednesday the 17th. âAnyone who drops in during working hours gets free training until then.â Classes run on the hour for 45 minutes, 6 to 9 a.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. daily; on weekends, itâs morning classes only 8 to 10 a.m. The gym also offers private lessons in their pro boxing ring. Classes appeal to both men and women; 80% of attendees at sample classes offered this past weekend were female, Cooke says. He […]
Positive Eye Ons: Get Your Melrose Vision On
Who would think getting an eye exam could be fun? Ryan Stybel, doctor of optometry and owner of Positive Eye Ons Optometry on Melrose Ave., thatâs who. Stybel not only offers an optical boutique specializing in the highest level of eye care and eyewear, heâs located on one of the coolest streets in Los Angeles. âWe focus on our patients having the best possible experience of going to an eye doctor and buying glasses,â he relates. âWe have a fun, funky, laid-back environment that is open and comforting to our patients. Plus, weâre right here on Melrose, where you can get a meal at one of many amazing places to eat, have a coffee, get your nails done, do Pilates, go shopping, and, also get eye care.â Stybel says Positive Eye Ons has been on the avenue for over 30 years; he took over the business in 2009. âIâve invested in all the new technology that enhances the eye exam experience and gives better, more accurate diagnoses,â he says. For example, he offers new technology rather than relying on old-fashioned procedures like dilating eyes or doing the puff-of-air test. âThe exam is so much easier and painless. Itâs really amazing […]
Melrose Ave. is Hotter Than Ever: We Stole the Fire Group Art Show Opens August 4th
An exciting and immersive four-day group art show opens August 4th at RCNSTRCT Studio on Melrose Ave. Titled We Stole the Fire, the show includes artists Phil America, Sheryo x The Yok, Lolo YS, Abars, Willie Gomez, Kristen Liu-Wong, Robbie Conal, Teddy Kelly, Deladeso, xTOFUx, Scott Hove, Tslil Tsemet, Homeless Cop, Gangster Doodles, Ginger Q, Nicole Salgar, Dorian Lynde, Alec DeMarco, Samuel De Angelis, Ray Young Chu, The Portalists, Jon Von Bonk and Roman Prado. A collaboration with Mezcal El Silencio, the show is an art experience focused on free speech and expression. Presented by Think Tank Gallery and artist Phil America, the goal is to âlaunch an artist coupâ and âreclaim power from the modern gods of government and media,â as Think Tank curators Jacob Patterson and Andrew Barsoum, and creative director Phil America, announce. The art experience includes performance art, installations, graffiti, and limited edition merchandise. They promise âguerilla activist installationsâ leading up to the exhibition including a sculptural work in progress that viewers are encouraged to mark-up however theyâd like. On the 4th, there will be an opening ceremony and group exhibition, with the show continuing through the 7th at the pop-up location on the corner of […]
What Is A Piroloâs Panino? Melrose Avenueâs Answer To The Ultimate Sandwich
Piroloâs Panino is the ultimate sandwich spot. The perfect fast-casual dining venue for succulent sandwiches, to-go orders, and delivery, Chef Michael Pirolo is sating appetites with the same style he sports at his upscale South Beach spot in Miami. There, his sophisticated restaurant Macchialina received a semi-finalist spot in the James Beard awards; here, Piroloâs Panino serves up delicious sandwiches, plates, small bites, and dessert that can be consumed anywhere, including in-store at comfortable plank tables. So, what are you dining on? Well, starters include cheese puffs, airy ricotta and mozzarella fritters served with house marinara. The puffs can also be made into a panini for a yummy vegetarian sandwich. Either way, theyâre essentially a delicately crisp take on mozzarella sticks. Other starters include beef and pork meatballs and buffalo chicken wings served with homemade blue cheese and celery. The chefâs menu encourages diners to âeat your greensâ and with a simple Caesar Salad that includes sundried tomatoes, or a chefâs salad that mixes salami, provolone, olives, and crispy chickpeas in a house vinaigrette, it would be hard to refuse. But then we come to the sandwiches, which are the heart and soul of the menu. The classic Chicken Parm […]